THE CIVIC FEDERATION IS A NON-PARTISAN GOVERNMENT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION

Working to maximize the quality and cost-effectiveness of government services in the Chicago region and State of Illinois

LATEST NEWS & RESEARCH

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Alexa James
July 17, 2024

Q&A with July Member of the Month Alexa James

Since stepping into her position as NAMI Chicago's leader in 2014, Alexa James has dedicated herself to making NAMI Chicago a leading voice in the conversation around mental wellness, the challenges of the mental health system, and mental health education in Chicago and b...

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The Chicago Community Trust and Civic Federation Host Transit Governance Panel

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A Refresher on Chicago’s Revenue Options

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July 3, 2024

Hon. Heather Steans, Jennifer W. Steans, Robin Steans and Clayco Honored at Civic Federation’s 2024 Annual Civic Awards Event

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May 14, 2024

State of Illinois FY2025 Recommended Operating and Capital Budgets: Analysis and Recommendations

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April 25, 2024

Reforming Mass Transit Governance in the Chicago Region

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April 18, 2024

Report: Consumer Taxes in Chicago as of Jan. 1, 2024

OUR MISSION

Non-partisan government research is more important than ever.

Founded in the aftermath of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair by the same local leaders who made the legendary event a reality, the Civic Federation provides objective research, analysis and recommendations that:

  • Champion efficient delivery of high-quality government services
  • Promote sustainable tax policies and responsible long-term financial planning
  • Improve government transparency and accountability
  • Educate and serve as a resource for policymakers, opinion leaders and the broader public
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GOVERNMENTS WE STUDY

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City of Chicago
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City of Chicago

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Cook County
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Cook County

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State of Illinois
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State of Illinois

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Chicago Public Schools
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Chicago Public Schools

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EL train
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Other Governments